Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Turcotte Hall and the Faculty of Education offices are closed until further notice. All staff are currently working remotely and will continue to provide services to students. We can be reached at email@example.com.
Welcome Students to the Faculty of Education
June 1, 2020
We are committed to the well-being of our students and partners in determining what the future might look like in the Faculty of Education. As you may be aware, the University of Lethbridge will offer instruction and support with online delivery in the Fall 2020 semester. With this in mind—and with the contours of the COVID-19 guidelines in place—we aspire to move forward responsibly delivering online the quality of instruction and support that our teacher preparation program is known for.
With the recent announcement by the University of Lethbridge of moving to remote instruction for the Fall 2020 term, all education electives will be offered online. Individual instructors will plan accordingly and will communicate expectations for the course to registered students. Some instructors may choose to have scheduled virtual meetings during assigned class times and others may not. There will be no expectations for students to be on campus or in person for any of the course activities.
For the Fall 2020 semester, Education 2500 will be a robust look at the teaching profession and provide meaningful experiences aimed at exploring this exciting field. There will be NO in school practicum component to this course regardless of whether K-12 schools are teaching face to face or remotely this Fall. In place of this practicum, instructors will be planning various forms of virtual experiences for students enhancing their understanding of important educational issues. For further information on what the Education 2500 course will be like or if you have specific questions, please contact Aaron Stout, Education 2500 Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Semester I
Professional Semester I will begin in September with an online Orientation. More information about the Orientation will follow. PS I has three components: 1) approximately 8-weeks of coursework and 2) approximately 5-weeks of practicum, and 3) a 3-hour culmination meeting at the end of the semester. Professional Semester I coursework will be delivered online in September and October. Student teachers can expect—as far as we know as of June 1, 2020, as is feasible—to be placed in a school-based practicum in November and December in the area in which they live. PS I students living outside of Zones 5 (Calgary and area) and Zone 6 (Lethbridge and area) who will be attending PS I practicum in Fall will be contacted by Field Experiences in late August with further information regarding your practicum placement.
Student Teachers should be aware that there is a possibility that distant education procedures will be in effect to teach and meet the learning needs of students in their fall practicum. Student Teachers accept that they will need to adopt the delivery mode and teacher expectations in place at that school for the fall semester (e.g., online teaching, working within the school building, or working from home). If a PS I Student decides not to continue in PS I before or after the start of the semester, they may withdraw and recompete for a place in the Faculty at another time.
In the event that a school-based practicum is not possible in November and December, Student Teachers will participate in online experiential learning to simulate a practicum experience.
If you have any questions about PS I, please send an e-mail to: email@example.com. Due to the high number of e-mails received the response time may be delayed. We will answer your email at first come-first served basis and as soon as possible.
Professional Semester III
The Faculty of Education is proceeding with PS III for the fall. Intern Teachers have been made aware that there is a possibility that distant education procedures will be in effect to teach and meet the learning needs of students in their fall practicum. Intern Teachers accept that they will need to adopt the delivery mode and teacher expectations in place at that school for the fall semester (e.g., online teaching, working within the school building, or working from home).
Intern Teachers have been sent information to access the PS III Orientation materials on Moodle. It is imperative that Intern Teachers complete the Orientation prior to contacting their University Consultants (UCs), Teacher Mentors, and Administrators. The deadline to complete this Orientation: June 5, 2020.
We anticipate that practicum placement information will be sent out via e-mail by mid-June or before. Intern Teachers should then immediately contact their UCs, Teacher Mentors, and administrators and arrange to meet before the end of June – online or in person, respecting social distancing guidelines, as indicated by the school. Please discuss how to keep in touch with your Teacher Mentor and UC over the summer while planning for the fall.
If you have any questions about PS III, please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the high number of e-mails received the response time may be delayed. We will answer your email at first come-first served basis and as soon as possible.